Indigenous Colombians tore down a statue of Sebastian de Belalcazar, a 16th century Spanish conquistador, with ropes on Wednesday.
Videos released on social networks show dozens of indigenous people from the southwest of the country using ropes to knock down the monument of the conquistador on horseback, in the presence of three police officers.
Among shouts, the demonstrators celebrated the moment when the effigy of the founder of the cities of Cali and Popayan hit the ground after falling from its pedestal several meters high.
Sebastián de Belalcázar, born in 1480 in what is now the Spanish province of Córdoba, was a conquistador who founded Quito on December 6, 1534, as well as the Colombian towns of Cali, Popayán and Belalcázar.
Hoy en Popayán indígenas derriban monumento histórico a Don Sebastián de Belalcázar, fundador de Cali y Popayán. pic.twitter.com/MOIBvS93Nr
— David Ghitis (@ghitis) September 16, 2020